“For ye are fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
Many people ask today, “Who is God?” Well, God is in you! And the Old and New Testaments declare it. We only have to make the leap from cultural assumption and literalism to true scriptural interpretation, which is all spiritual. Religion is far removed from this truth, but the spiritual person can easily see it. And it will easily resonate with you if you are one.
I want to make an important distinction between the Old and New Testaments at the beginning of this short post. The Old Testament is veiled with deep and complicated myth and allegory, while much of the New Testament is the unveiling of this myth and allegory through plain statements, especially where it concerns Paul.
One of the most important Old Testament concepts is the structuring of the tabernacle and the temple. Herein lies the blueprint for your biological anatomy as it relates to God and you.
There were three physical areas to both the tabernacle and the temple of God in the Old Testament: The outer court, the inner court, and the Holy of Holies. Whether it’s the tabernacle or the temple, it doesn’t matter. The basic template is the same. So the tabernacle in the wilderness and Solomon’s Temple portray the same spiritual make up that and actually represent the human brain.
I remember reading this from Bill Donahue’s site (http://www.hiddenmeanings.com/storiesjuly02.html) many years ago and suddenly some lightbulbs began going off. I had already come to know the Bible was not what we were taught, but Bill further illuminated some information for me. Below I will relay some of his information as well as adding additional information that will hopefully allow you to see it plainly too.
Let us first consider Acts 7:47-49:
“But Solomon built him [God] an house. Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?”
In other words, the writer of Acts is telling us that even though Solomon built God a temple, and the Old Testament book of Kings stated that God would dwell there with his people, it really wasn’t so, because God does not dwell in a building made from hands. Pretty plain, isn’t it? But the Acts writer still acknowledges that Solomon’s temple was built, right? Yes, but not literally. The Old Testament even made this plain, and the New Testament writer of Acts understood this. 1 Kings 6:7 states:
“And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.”
The allegory of 1 Kings is trying to tell us that the building went up in complete silence. Yes, the stones were prepared before, the writer says, but that is part of the allegory. The building went up in complete silence because as the Psalm writer tell us:
“Be still and know that I am God.” There was no literal building. God is within you, not anywhere outside of you. How can we be sure of this and really know that even the writer of Kings was speaking in Allegory? Because the Acts writer told us. All that we have to do is pay attention. The writer of Kings also stated that God’s presence filled the tabernacle. But the Acts writer tells us God doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands, so how could God have done this? Do you see the contradiction? However the contradiction only comes when we see any of it as literal! When we realize it’s all allegory, it makes complete sense. Now consider how Paul further explains this to us:
“Know ye not that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you.” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
So again…Solomon’s temple was built in silence because it has to do with going within yourself to find God, which is accomplished through silent meditation. There wasn’t ever a literal temple. And even if there had been, the writer of Acts tells us it wouldn’t matter because God NEVER dwelled there. Even further, Paul drives the point home when he plainly tells us that your body is the temple of God.
The writer of the Gospel of Luke also speaks plainly about all of this. He states:
“…The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or lo there! For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you!”
Do you see? In one sense, the New Testament continues the allegory of the Old Testament because it states God’s kingdom will come on earth, as a seemingly an outward event, but then turns around and plainly tells us what it really means. Namely, that we aren’t to read it literally. (See my article HERE for further understanding that both the Old and New Testaments instruct us NOT to take the Bible literally).
Now that we have established a few things about where God is, namely, in you, we need to see what the Old Testament tabernacle and temple reveal to us in the allegory. Let’s ask ourselves, what need was there for the pattern that God gave to construct the tabernacle and temple? How does God dwell in you? Where is He, really? I stated earlier that the patterns of the tabernacle and temple relate to the human brain. So let’s break that down.
Like the tabernacle and temple pattern, consisting of the Holy of Holies, the Holy place, and the Outer Court, the human brain has a similar construct. The human head has three membrane layers beneath the skull that form a protective cover over the brain itself. They are known as the dura mater, arachnoid mater, and the pia mater. The dura mater is the outermost protective layer while the pia mater is the innermost protect layer and is connected to the brain itself. The arachnoid mater is a thin, delicate web-like structure in between. Bill Donahue argues that the veil which separates the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place is symbolic of this web-like structure known as the arachnoid mater. The pia mater, related to the Holy of Holies, covers the central nervous system, protects nerve tissue, allows blood to flow to the brain, and produces spinal fluid. In other words, without the pia matter, the brain itself has no life. I believe he is on to something.
Personally, I also believe God is consciousness, and the brain acts as a conduit of this energy instead of producing it. Consciousness is infinite, but when accessed by the brain it becomes limited by our ego. However, we are equipped with the potential to expand consciousness within ourselves as we learn to crucify the ego. This is why Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, the “place of the skull.” Everything happens inside our heads. Meditation is the key to expanding this consciousness and is the process of being still and getting to KNOW God. It is the process that John the Baptist symbolically represents as he said, I must decrease and He, Christ, must increase. Christ is the potential energy within us that rises as we crucify the ego, and therefore we decrease as He increases.
But let’s return to the tabernacle. We know from scripture that the twelve tribes camped around this tabernacle, which was supposed to house God’s glory. Interestingly, we have twelve cranial nerves which allow us to sense and make sense of our environment. They are the reason for our senses. And when you study the strengths and weaknesses of each tribe they bear a striking resemblance to the strengths and weaknesses we all possess as we go through life. But interestingly, the tribe of Judah, which produced the line of Christ, faces the east, towards the rising sun. According to position, this would be on the right side of the tabernacle, which means Judah symbolizes the right side of the brain. As we take time to go into silence, the light of consciousness has the potential to increase, and our right brain is affected. Our right brain houses intuition and creativeness, while the left brain is centered in logic, reason, and survival in the environment.
Consider a quote below by Luarie Wolfe on the expandinglight.org blog, in the article entitled, “How Meditation Changes Your Brain (https://www.expandinglight.org/blog/meditation/meditation-teacher-training/how-meditation-changes-your-brain):
“The cerebral cortex consists of two halves, referred to as the right and left hemispheres. The left hemisphere is the rational and logical side of the brain. It is concerned with analyzing, planning, evaluating and judging the world around us. It processes information related to language, math, logical reasoning, and it connects the self to the past and the future. In contrast, the right hemisphere is the feeling side of the brain. The right hemisphere is generally more creative and intuitive. It processes information related to spatial abilities, visual imagery, and is concerned with your experience in the here and now. (Springer and Deutsch, 2001)
What does all this have to do with meditation? Some of the earliest scientific studies of meditation investigated patterns of brain activity in the right versus left hemisphere. These studies found a greater degree of activation in the right hemisphere for meditators versus non-meditators. (Pagano & Frumkin, 1977; Earle, 1981) This increased activity in the right hemisphere leads to more creative intuitive thought and less verbal/analytical thinking. In addition, the meditator may experience a greater feeling of “being” rather than “doing,” since the left hemisphere is primarily involved with planning and organizational activities.”
If this is true, then obviously Bill Donahue really was on to something. Why else would the tribe of Judah, who the line that Christ comes through, be positioned on the east side of the camp, towards the rising sun? This is not a coincidence. The scriptural writers are trying to show us through allegory that we can become more connected to the power of primordial consciousness and God through the energy that Christ symbolizes in scripture, which is light…the light of consciousness. John tells us that Christ is the light. What light? The light of consciousness which illuminates us to the truth. And truth in scripture is light. And the rising sun has always been a symbol of this truth and light.
Bill Donahue was able to see that Paul was truly trying to explain to us that the Old Testament is really about you. Every character and event in the Old Testament is more of a psychology of your make up rather than about historical figures.
As I quoted at the beginning of this post, you truly are fearfully and wonderfully made, as the Psalm writer states. And this awe concerns your body! Specifically, the brain! There are plenty of articles on this site which relate to how meditation gets us closer to God and helps you enter the Holy of Holies. Feel free to use the search bar for related terms that you are interested in. I hope this short post has motivated you to delve into meditation.
If you want to read another interesting article related to some of this information concerning the brain and the great white throne of judgement from Revelation, consider Jacob Israel’s article focused on the cranial nerves: